I came across this blog post last night...
Next week, I’m partnering with a campaign to give vaccines to children who are at risk of preventable diseases. I’m going to write a post for them here, and then they are going to give a vaccine to a child for each comment on that post, so stay tuned.
(Hopefully the link stayed there so you can click and see what this campaign is all about.)
The author attempts to remain neutral, to play nice, to affirm that she understands non-vaxxing parents concerns, though she does pull out the polio pictures for a nice affect. So I am thinking, and several commenters were too, why, if vaccines are the greatest form of health care this world has ever seen and they are needed so badly, is she and this campaign and the other bloggers they've gotten on board, playing this little donation game??? That makes no sense. If you have the money and ability to give a child life saving medicine you give it to them. If a boat capsized and several children were in the water and you had the chance to save them, you don't wait on the shore until people have voted on how many to save!!!
But here is thing, I don't think it is about giving children vaccines. I mean, I am sure that is what it is about for this blogger. I am not doubting her intentions, but I don't think that is what this campaign is about. I think it is about using social media to shame and bully non-vaxxing families, to start more mommy wars for the sake of getting us to comply via peer pressure and emotional pleading. I have seen more bullying with regards to non-vaxxing in the last three months than in the last 13+ years that I've been a parent.
And people are mean. I have seen multiple people in the last week shaking their cyber fists and telling those of us who don't vaxx that they can't wait until we or our child get a vaxx-available disease and that when we do they will laugh and not help because basically we deserve it. (This was NOT here in Mothering.) Wow! Really??? Because if your child has a vaxx reaction and you are left dealing with the after effects, I have no plans to say, see I told you so and jump up and down with glee. I plan to help you and be compassionate and if you want to talk about vaxxes later, sure we'll talk and there won't be any blame games going on. Sheesh!
Edited by fruitfulmomma - 9/12/13 at 7:29am